The Jefferson County Commission filled many vacancies on various county boards in its recent meeting.
The commission began with its annual vote for its own officers. No changes were made as Commissioners again chose Marty Mills to serve as chairman, Roger Griffith as pro temprore, Daniel Estes parliamentarian and Donnie Tabor as chaplain.
The commission voted for Jenine Ringa and Shirley Hammond to countinue to serve on the animal oversight board.
The building inspection board of appeals will be filled by commissioner Jimmy Carmichael, liscensed building contractor Kenny Carr, certified home inspector Paul Tucker and citizens Clayton Minchew and Ed Collins.
Things got complicated during the nomination for finance committee. The recommendation from the nominating committee was to appoint commissioners Daniel Estes, Roger Griffith, Jack Akard and county trustee Ginger Franklin.
Nominating committee chair Robert Tucker, said there was several citizen would also were brought forth to the committee would would be willing to serve on the as part of the finance group.
Tucker said the commission should at least consider the citizens as it would help to further the iniative of transparency and give more of a voice in government to the public.
Citizens nominated included Jim Gass, Bob Cavanah, Ken Thornhill, Jane Davis, Richard Koontz and Bob Havely.
The commission choose between the recommendation and citizens during the vote but ultimately backed the committee’s recommended names. Bob Cavanah received the most citizen votes with seven.
Voting became even more difficult when two Industrial Development Board seats were under consideration.
Nominations included Alex Miller and Danny Shelton both from the un-represented districted 7 and Chamber of Commerce President Don Cason from district 5.
Miller won easily receiving the most votes, but Shelton had to be voted on three times to receive a majority vote of 11 to win the second seat.
Merle Jarnigan will be appointed to the nursing home board.
During the meeting the commission approve a measure for the hospital oversight board to be able to hold a quorum with four members instead of the previous five.
The commission also gave its blessing in the form of a recommendation for the expansion of the Parrott Wood Library in Strawberry Plains. The library addition is funded by private donations and a $5,000 grant.
- By Chris Phipps, Tribune Staff Writer